Tag:Frank Wren
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:46 pm

Frank Wren inks two-year extension with Braves

WrenFrank Wren has signed a two-year extension to remain GM of the Braves, as the team revealed Monday.

Wren has been the GM since October 2007 after an eight-year apprenticeship under legend John Schuerholz, who made the announcement in his capacity as Braves president.

"Frank has done an excellent job leading our baseball operations the last three years, culminating with a return trip to the playoffs last season,” Schuerholz said via MLB.com. "He and his staff have worked extremely hard in strengthening our major league club and our minor league system. Frank handled the difficult and important task of selecting Fredi Gonzalez to manage the Braves following Bobby Cox’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2010 season."

Wren has been impressive in his time as GM after a failed one-year stint in Baltimore in 1999, after the O's inked Albert Belle to a then-record contract only to stumble to a 78-84 record. Wren was fired in favor of Syd Thrift -- who only made the team worse -- after coming over from the Marlins, where he spent seven years as assistant GM under then-GM Dave Dombrowski (now GM of the Tigers).

In Wren's first year in the job, he had a tough job to do: the Braves had only recently completed their 14th straight season of finishing in first place before back-to-back third-place finishes. The 2008 team fell to fourth place with a 72-90 record after the club paid out of its nose to acquire Mark Teixeira. Gregor Blanco and Jeff Francoeuer were disappointments and the rotation simply couldn't match up to the days of yore.

But Wren went to work on turning the team around and vaulted the club up to third in 2009 and then saw the Braves win the wild-card spot last season. After an offseason trade for Dan Uggla, Wren has the Braves positioned as one of the Wild Card favorites and Atlanta should provide the Phillies with stiff competition to finish first in the division.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:48 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 8:07 pm

Braves' Prado fine with move to left

Martin Prado With their acquisition of the Dan Uggla on Tuesday, the Braves now have two All-Star second basemen.

The one that was already in Atlanta, Martin Prado, will be moving to left field. Prado, though, could play third base if Chipper Jones isn't ready to return from his knee surgery.

"I talked to him last night," Braves general manager Frank Wren told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "He said, 'I just want to be a part of this team. I want to contribute. I don't care where I play.'"

Prado has played left field in winter ball in his native Venezuela.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:05 am

Lee played with torn ligament

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee earned the respect of the Braves, if not a job for 2011.

Braves general manager Frank Wren told reporters Lee played the last two months of the season with a torn thumb ligament, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports .

"Bobby [Cox] and [trainer] Jeff Porder both said this is one tough guy to play with what he's playing with," Wren said.

Wren said Lee jammed his right thumb on opening day in Atlanta while playing with the Cubs and had recovered by the time he was traded to the Braves in August. However, Lee tore the ligament a week after coming to Atlanta.

The injury was similar, but more severe, to the one that kept rookie Jason Heyward on the disabled list for three weeks. Lee had two pain-killing injections and had the occasional day off.

Lee, 35, will be a free agent, but don't expect him to return to Atlanta. The AJC 's David O'Brien tweets the team fully expects Freddie Freeman to be their opening-day first baseman (and have Alex Gonzalez at shortstop.)

Lee hit .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers this season, hitting .287/.384/.465 with three homers in 39 games for the Braves. Freeman appeared in 20 games for the Braves with four hits in 24 at bats. He hit one home run. In Triple-A, Freeman hit .319/.378/.521 with 18 homers in 124 games for Gwinnett of the International League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 3:12 pm

Prospect reveals Jurrjens' injury

Jair Jurrjens A kid gets called up to the big leagues, his parents get excited, let the local paper know, local reporter calls big-time prospect and writes a story.

It doesn't sound like much out of the ordinary -- except when that prospect tells the truth (something many front offices frown upon) and reveals an injury to one of the team's starters on the eve of its biggest series of the season.

That's pretty much what happened Sunday night as Indiana native Brandon Beachy told the Kokomo Tribune that he was in Philadelphia because of Jair Jurrjens' injured knee.

"It's exciting," Beachy told the paper in a phone interview from the team's hotel in Phialdelphia. "We're chasing Philadelphia, we're in Philadelphia. They have an incredible lineup. I'd love nothing more than to be thrown right into this mix and help contribute."

Before the Tribune story, the Braves hadn't said anything about Jurrjens' injury. Monday they're down-playing it.

"it's just a precaution in case," Braves general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien . "J.J. felt better yesterday. Nothing series, just a tweak to the knee."

We'll see tonight.

Beachy was an emergency starter for Derek Lowe's start at Pittsburgh, but wasn't needed. Lowe, who had a bone chip in his elbow, started the game and won.

Beachy, 24, was 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 35 games (13 starts) in Triple-A and Double-A. He had 148 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 119 1/3 innings.

Lost in this may be Beachy's great story -- and why he had every right to be excited. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent two years ago out of Indiana Wesleyan. The baseball draft pretty much goes until people run out of names they can even make up, and this guy wasn't even drafted? Two years later he's on the brink of the big leagues -- that's certainly something to celebrate, even if I couldn't find a photo of the guy.

UPDATE: The Braves have announced Beachy will start for the Braves against the Phillies tonight. Heck of a big-league debut -- face Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth opposite Cole Hamels. Congrats and good luck.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:58 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 1:32 am

Chipper leaves game with knee injury

Chipper Jones Braves third baseman Chipper Jones left Tuesday's game in Houston with an apparent left knee injury after making a great play to get the Astros' Hunter Pence.

Jones, 38, fielded a grounder by Pence right on the third-base line, leapt to make a throw to first and landed awkwardly on his left knee. Pence was out on the play.

Jones' future has been a point of discussion all year. At one point it was reported he was ready to announce his retirement, but in June he said he'd wait until the offseason to make a decision. Jones is hitting .263/.380/.422 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI.

The Braves were already playing without Jason Heyward, who was out of the lineup with a sore right knee. Atlanta general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien in an email that Heyward's injury was "minor."

UPDATE: O'Brien tweets that Jones has suffered a sprained left knee and will have an MRI on Thursday.

UPDATE: Bobby Cox had this to say to O'Brien and other reporters after the game: "Chipper's going to be out a while probably. I hate to see it because he's played so good right now. It's about as good as I've seen him swing the bat in two years. He's been playing great defensively and offensively. It's going to be a while, probably. We'll see.

"Chip thinks it's not too bad. But that's Chip talking. I can't tell you. I don't know."

UPDATE: Jones says , "It’s hurt. I heard a distinct pop. I don’t think it’s my ACL, ’cause when I did it before it sounded like my knee exploded. It sounded like the whole stadium could hear it pop. While I did here it pop [Tuesday] it wasn’t the same pop. That’s something you don’t forget.

“But I’ve got a very distinct pain on the lower left side of my knee. Just got to wait for the MRI.”

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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